K-State Research and Extension News
Kansas State Climatologist Mary Knapp offers this weekly series of short programs on weather phenomena and recent meteorological events in Kansas.
Weather Wonders
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K-State climatologist Mary Knapp defines what makes a sky “fair” rather than simply partly cloudy.         

- 9/12/2014
When are the first freezes due to hit Kansas?  Mary Knapp of K-State looks at when frost typically first appears in Kansas. 

- 9/12/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that the equinox is not necessarily when the day and night are of equal length.    

- 9/5/2014
Mary Knapp explores how and why dew forms.

- 9/5/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about different types of fog.

- 9/5/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains “smog,” which is not a modern day problem.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the U.S.        
   

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp examines whether or not insect behavior forecasts weather events.          

What was the largest hailstone ever recorded hitting Kansas?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us. 

- 8/22/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the important role that water vapor plays above Earth.
 

- 8/22/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the deadliest U.S. hurricanes of the last 100 years.                                                

K-State’s Mary Knapp examines one of the most important volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp compares the various terms used to describe wind velocity.
                            

- 8/15/2014
Does weather affect the frequency or severity of earthquakes?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp offers the modern science perspective.                                                

- 8/15/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how changes in sunlight and temperature affect in intensity of colors in leaves and flowers.                                                

- 8/8/2014
If Kansas weather sometimes feels a bit extreme, it’s not just you—there really is a reason for the state’s hotter hots… and colder colds. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how geography and a mix of climate zones give Kansas a unique climate.

It’s during the last few weeks of summer that we can expect to see some of our most colorful blooms in the home landscape.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about this unique perennial, and what it may say about the weather weeks ahead.

Have you ever noticed that your favorite weather radar sometimes displays that characteristic “rain green” coloring over your area, even when it’s dry outside?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says it’s not a technical glitch, but a little-known weather phenomenon.

Tropical storms originating along the equator tend to be inconsistent in their movements. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says there’s a simple climatological reason for that.
 

While we’ve had a few hot days in Kansas so far this summer, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says they pale in comparison to the summer of 1936.
 

This summer has seen its share of temperature extremes…from typical hot days to stretches of abnormally cools days.  But nearly 100 years ago, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says a volcano led to what was called a “year without a summer.”

- 7/24/2014
Occasionally, lightning can stray far away from the actual storm.  In fact, as K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports, lightning strikes can occur even under a fully clear sky.
 

- 7/24/2014
Despite a run of hot days recently, this month of July is well short of record heat…in fact, just the opposite.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has the details.

- 7/24/2014
The month of August provides an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the wide-open Kansas night sky, and enjoy meteor watching.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp talks about how to make the most of that.
 

- 7/18/2014
Many of us have seen unusual weather combinations, such as winter storms that combine rain, sleet and snow. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says there’s another rare occurrence during warmer months to look out for.

There has been a lot of talk about the unusually cool weather in Kansas this month—but K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says we were a long ways off from record-setting temperatures.

- 7/18/2014
The climate element most often associated with the state of Kansas is the wind. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp offers this brief refresher on common wind terms.

- 7/11/2014
With the nearest coast line, along the Gulf of Mexico, about a thousand miles away, Kansas residents never have to worry about hurricane activity, right?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us why that isn't necessarily the case.

- 7/11/2014
Heat lightning has often been thought to be a predictor of severe weather, but K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says this weather phenomenon doesn't carry a guarantee.

As hot as it may be right now, chances are it needs to get a lot hotter to even approach the state record for the hottest day in Kansas.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes us back to that searing day in Kansas weather history.

- 7/3/2014
The hottest part of the summer has often been referred to as the "dog days of summer."  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes us back to ancient times, to seek out the origins of this familiar phrase.

- 7/3/2014
The words "fog," "haze," and "mist" are sometimes used interchangeably, but K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that from the view of science, the three terms define three very distinct conditions.

- 7/3/2014
A little more than 60 years ago, some of the worst flooding recorded in state history occurred in and around the Kansas River Valley.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has more details.

- 6/26/2014
Sometimes, all the conditions seem ripe for some serious storm activity—but nothing happens. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that something called a “capped inversion” may be to blame.

- 6/26/2014
When summer thunderstorms repeatedly roll across the sky during the early summer, some people have been known to refer to them as “monsoons.”  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that the word “monsoon” has its roots in another climate component.

Sure, Kansas saw a lot of rain last month [June], but how does that compare to previous years? K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says it doesn’t even come close to a recent year that many of us still probably remember.

Some people have long associated high humidity as an indicator that severe weather is in the forecast, but K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that’s not always true.

- 6/20/2014
The circular or oval-shaped lights have been reported for centuries, but scientists have yet to nail down a single explanation for what is commonly known as ball lightning. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes a closer look.

- 6/20/2014
Its name goes back more than three centuries—but sailors have been reported seeing the strange lights as far back as the Roman Empire. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about Saint Elmo’s Fire.

- 6/13/2014
There is a saying that “if it rains bubbles, it will rain for 3 days.”  What’s the reasoning behind the saying?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about the conditions that cause those bubbles…and what they might mean.

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